The humanitarian crisis continues to deepen throughout the country. The Zulia region is one of the most affected by the collapse of public services.
In the municipality of San Francisco, Zulia State, about 34% of the population cooks with gas bottles. However, gas bottles are hard to come by and very expensive for the average Zuliano.
“Through electronic transfer, the 10Kg canister costs 260,000Bs. and the 18Kg bottle 380,000Bs,” explained Norelia Gutiérrez, a resident of Zulia.
Many Zulians have had to survive by cooking with wood or charcoal in dangerous and unhealthy conditions. Many of the residents have gone months without being able to get a gas bottle to cook normally.
Gasoline shortage worsens
Getting gas bottles for cooking is not the only battle the Zulians are engaged in. Added to that is the restriction on gasoline supplies by Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
There are only three gas stations open for priority sectors such as food, health, sanitation and police. However, the citizens who are part of these sectors do not benefit either.
Those who control the gas stations resell 20 liters of fuel for $30 or only give priority to military personnel.